- 3:57 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Paul Johnson is poised to have his best recruiting class since being hired as Georgia Tech’s football coach in 2007.
The Yellow Jackets rocketed up to No. 17 overall in the Rivals rankings after Tuesday’s commitment of Brentavious Glanton.
The defensive tackle from Albany’s Monroe High School said he picked Georgia Tech over Tennessee, Cal and N.C. State.
“It was Georgia Tech because they have great academics,” Glanton told the AJC. “I had a great relationship with the coaches, and I’ll be able to have a good impact as a freshman on the defensive side of the ball.”
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Glanton was attracted [More]
- 11:44 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Rico McGraw revealed this week that Alabama’s superior football facilities were a contributing factor his recent switch from UGA to the Crimson Tide.
The 4-safety had been committed to UGA for six months before flipping to Alabama on July 31.
McGraw told the alabamintel.com that he was impressed with Alabama’s upgraded facilities, including the indoor practice facility (IPF). UGA is expected to present a proposal for an IPF next month.
“Every program in the country wants to win the ‘wow’ factor with recruits,” McGraw told the website. “Certainly as a recruit, Alabama’s facilities catch your eye immediately.”
A couple of other [More]
- 5:46 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen, who is known for being candid and brutally honest with his comments, admitted to reporters that “lying” is part of the recruiting process.
Of course, anybody who’s involved in any phase of recruiting already knows this. It’s just rare for a big-time college head coach to actually admit it on the record.
Here’s what Holgorsen said on Monday, according to the post-gazette.com’s Stephen Nesbitt:
Dana Holgorsen: "You lie in recruiting a bunch. That's just kind of part of it. You become a salesman."— Stephen J. Nesbitt (@stephenjnesbitt) August 11, 2014
Again, there’s nothing really shocking [More]
- 7:30 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
What type of football player will UGA be getting with Chauncey Rivers?
We asked his high school coach, Stephenson’s Ron Gatrell.
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Rivers originally committed to South Carolina, but then switched to UGA last February.
He may be the best all-around athlete that Stephenson has turned out since Mike Davis, the South Carolina running back who is considered to be a long shot to win the Heisman Trophy.
Rivers turned a lot of heads with his camp performances at defensive end this summer, and he’s also talented to play tight end at the collegiate level.
Here’s what Gartrell had to say about his star [More]
- 7:00 am Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
One of the state’s top sleeper prospects is Gus Cumberlander, a 6-foot-6 senior defensive end from Cedar Grove High School.
Cumberlander is raw and undeveloped but has a high ceiling of potential. He also has an older brother, Gerald Rivers, who plays defensive end for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
“Big Gus” has around 17-18 scholarship offers, including Georgia Tech. He lists Oregon, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and Virginia among his leaders.
Gus talks about his recruiting in the below video:
- 1:04 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Georgia Tech will honor the football scholarship offer made to Jaylend Ratliffe, the high school quarterback from North Carolina who is recovering from a brain injury.
Ratliffe suffered a fractured skull in an ATV accident last Wednesday. He has undergone several operations and remains in intensive care at a Charlotte hospital.
The 3-star quarterback was one of the first commitments for Georgia Tech’s 2015 recruiting class, pledging the Yellow Jackets last March.
“Georgia Tech has said that they will follow through and support his scholarship, regardless of his condition,” Scotland High School coach Richard Bailey told the AJC on Thursday.
“Their words were ‘Jaylend [More]
- 9:17 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Trent Thompson, the state’s No. 1 overall football prospect, is taking the unusual route in announcing his college decision sooner than later.
The 5-star defensive tackle from Albany’s Westover High School will reveal his choice around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
UGA has been the longtime frontrunner for Thompson, who also lists Alabama and Auburn in his top three.
He’s also mentioned Florida State, Clemson and USC at times among his favorites.
“Georgia has been his leader since day one — he really feels comfortable on their campus,” Westover coach Octavia Jones told the AJC. “And he has a great relationship with the coaches at Georgia, [More]
- 12:07 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
When is UGA athletics director Greg McGarity finally going to buy an indoor practice facility for the football team?
That was a popular topic of conversation at Dawg Night, UGA’s biggest recruiting event of the year. Many of the top high school prospects from around the Southeast showed up for the football camp a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the outdoors-only Dawg Night was hindered by rainy weather.
And some of the top prospects in attendance, along with their parents, wondered aloud why UGA doesn’t have an indoor practice facility or IPF, like the rest of the [More]
- 11:10 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Adonis Thomas committed to Florida over Alabama last Friday.
But the 4-star linebacker from Central Gwinnett High School was catching flack from some UGA fans on Twitter who claimed he didn’t really have an offer from the home-state Bulldogs.
This kind of bothered Thomas, so he tweeted out a copy of the UGA scholarship letter he had recently gotten in the mail from Mark Richt on Monday.
“I did it because there was fans saying I didn’t have a real UGA offer, and they were saying they never recruited me,” Thomas told the AJC.
Did it work? Did tweeting out a copy of his [More]
- 9:15 pm Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
UGA got off to a slow start with recruiting offensive linemen in this year’s class, but things are really picking up.
Patrick Allen, a 4-star offensive lineman from Maryland, committed to UGA over Ohio State and FSU on Monday night.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder is pledge No. 18 for UGA’s 2015 class, and the third on the offensive line.
Allen still plans to take official visits to other schools this fall, but went ahead and picked the Bulldogs.